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Light My Fire: My Life With the Doors (Anglais) Relié – 24 juin 1999

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"[The] jewel-like passage (a description of Manzarek and two young buddies who manage to gain entrance to a black juke joint to hear blues singer Muddy Waters) is one of the most moving and exhilarating portraits of white boys succumbing to the power of black music this reviewer has read, worthy of Kerouac's stunning prose on jazz clubs... [An] engaging read." (The Washington Post Book World)

"The best book yet about The Doors" (Booklist) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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The Doors were arguably the most important rock-and-roll band of the 1960s, unquestionably a catalyst for American music as we know it. Their music was the product of late-sixties southern California, with its idyllic facades. The Doors looked beyond these facades and wrote music about what they found, making them the ultimate symbol for rebellion and alienation: the key to the 1960s, counter-culture. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek co-founded the Doors with legendary guitarist Jim Morrison in 1965. Together with Robby Krieger and John Densmore they created a musical and cultural legend. Their original mix of jazz, classical, Californian surf, Flamenco guitar and Chicago blues made an irreversible impact on the music of the day, and the course of pop music ever since. Their worldwide popularity continues today with album sales of nearly two million a year. Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison were both UCLA Film School graduates, best friends and rarely apart until Morrison moved to Paris shortly before his death in 1971. Ray Manzarek knows secrets about Jim Morrison and The Doors that others could only guess at; until now. In this unique musical biography, Manzarek reveals the truth behind the legendary rock band. His story gives illumination to the dark myths and lays to rest the rumours that have abounded about Jim Morrison and the band for years. Light My Fire truly gives us an insight into the times, the enigmatic lead singer, and the magic circle that was The Doors. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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The story of the Doors as seen and lived by Ray Manzarek. It is coloured by Ray's own outlook on life. This could seem weird to anyone not having known the morals and philosophy of the 'love generation'.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The real riders on the storm 19 avril 2015
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From the opening lines Ray’s autobiography is imbued with a personal touch which contrasts Mick Wall’s cynicism. The prose is livelier, more intellectual and well crafted. Ray’s melodramatic style, turns of phrase and references to the 60’s evoke an authentic account of this revolutionary time. Ray brings Chicago to life, where he grew up, painting a portrait of the 1950’s street scene. He makes reference to blues influences that partly shaped The Doors’ music and discusses music elements in a way non-musicians can relate to. With the master of a story teller and scholar, Ray draws in an audience far greater than Doors’ Fans. He shines a light on the group’s artistic background, education and cultural influences, which were a step away from the poppy world of The Beatles. No group had even done what The Doors were doing. Furthermore he defends his friend Jim Morrison without whitewashing him. Jim was more maligned than a scourge some accused him of being and humble despite fame.
Ray acknowledges that along with the band’s fame they ‘entered the gates of Babylon.’ However, songs such as, Strange Days, gave voice to non-conformists, the art world, avant-gardes and those who didn’t fit mainstream society. Educated, literary and well-read, Ray and Jim are evocative of artists like Scott Fitzgerald. For example, they were thrown out of Whiskey-a-Go-Go, after Morrison sang, The End. One of the proprietors ‘went ballistic’ accusing Morrison, and The Doors as base and immoral. Ironically the song was a tribute to Oedipus Rex where Morrison’s lyrics make the political point that American fascism is just as barbaric and crude as Ancient Greek society. Today some can relate to the triumph of the right with its neo-liberal rot.
The Doors shone a light on American authoritarianism and the expectation of compliance. Bill Siddons said, ‘They didn’t take out warrants until yesterday. If they arrested Jim at the gig there would have been a riot.’ The arrest and prosecution of Morrison was a beat up because he hadn’t actually done anything wrong, he simply represented the counter-culture. Ray rambles at times and inserts many esoteric references, which may put some readers off. Despite some short comings Light My Fire is a great read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Doors from the inside 11 mars 2016
Par mike6 - Publié sur
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Ray Manzarek wrote a terrific memoir of his life in the Doors. Ray is dead now, and he shares many lively anecdotes with the reader about the band's creation and Jim Morrison you can't find anywhere. I've read several books on the Doors, and this one is a must read if you
want to be on the inside. The writing is great, and you won't be bored. Thanks Ray for sharing, and we'll miss you!
Check his interviews on YouTube also. He was articulate and intelligent. A few hours with him would be a great way to spend your time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent, Enlightening, Energizing 16 mars 2015
Par Laurel Kenner - Publié sur
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The biggest surprise of this book is how much study, intellect, discipline, meticulous work and brilliance was behind the music of the Doors. It's a great story, told by the person who was best equipped to tell it. Ray Manzarek saw himself as Apollo to Jim Morrison's Dionysus, but what comes through is how close they were in their ideals of freedom. A classically trained pianist, Manzarek embraced boogie, jazz and the blues, laying the foundation for the Doors' haunting music. The book is a beautiful tribute to Morrison, beginning and ending with the artist's tragic death at 27. Another of the book's surprises is an account of how Morrison as a student at UCLA had read every one of the books on a full wall of bookshelves in his apartment, and could identify any of them by hearing a couple of lines. Dionysus with a photographic memory. Musicians and poets need to read this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a great book but worth reading. 14 octobre 2016
Par Thomas R. Clarke - Publié sur
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Ray was obviously greatly influenced by the "Beat" writers of the 1950's (Ginsberg, Kerouac etc.) and it shows in this book. In some parts he rambles on in what I would call a kind of cosmic intellectual style. I would have preferred more information about his early band, Rick and The Ravens and his time in the military for instance. At one point Ray tells about the difficulties the Doors had getting a recording contract. Then when they are finally signed by Elektra he doesn't tell us how it came about, only "We had signed with Elektra several days ago". Even so the book is worth reading as Ray does give some good information about the evolution of the band. As for playing in Mexico, when at the time it was the only place they could get gigs, Ray seems fine with it. Densmore on the other hand tells in his book how he despised the entire situation. Also, Ray mentions how Morrison wanted Densmore out of the band before they even started recording. I don't recall Densmore making any mention of that or the supposed tension between himself and Morrison. This book will add to your knowledge of the Doors but I would recommend that you also read Densmore's and Sugarman's books to provide other view points.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Pretentious Ray 29 août 2016
Par S. Watkins - Publié sur
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Pretentious and arrogant. Mostly an attempt to make it look like he was Jim Morrisons only friend and take shots at John Densmore. For someone who claims to have a genius IQ (he actually spouts IQ numbers) his writing is juvenile and amateurish. Without a doubt the worst Doors book I've read. Don't even get me started on his over use of the term WASP. This book was just a way for a pompous ass to take shots at those he despises.
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